Harvard Fencing Qualifies Maximum Number of Fencers for the NCAA Championship
CAMBRDIGE, Mass.– The Harvard men's and women's fencing teams had 12 of their athletes chosen Tuesday when the NCAA Men's and Women's Fencing Committee announced the field of 144 competitors that will participate in the 2012 National Collegiate Men's and Women's Fencing Championships.
Harvard qualified a maximum of 12 athletes allowed to participate for each team (two per weapon in each gender). Ohio State University will play host to the championships March 24-25 in Columbus, Ohio. The Crimson was one of five teams (Ohio State, Princeton, Notre Dame, St. John's and Harvard) to qualify the maximum number of entrants.
The men’s team saw a solid finish at NCAA regionals as both Badger and Arzoian took home gold medals and Michael Raynis took bronze in his weapon. In total the men’s team tallied seven top-10 finishes. For the women it was Vaggo who took top honors with the epee while Keifer and Vloka medaled, taking silver and bronze, respectively. The women’s squad secured five top-finishes total.
The Crimson finished sixth as a team at the 2011 NCAA Championship, which is scored and awarded as a combined, coed title.